December 1 - December 7
Festival of Trees -Area artists and galleries will have over 45 Christmas trees and Gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways. The trees all have different themes and incorporate different materials - some are indoor and others are outdoor trees. Kick of your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated.
December 1 - December 22
Santa Claus Express at Verde Canyon Railroad - At Verde Canyon Railroad they specialize in old-fashioned family outings and one of the most magical events of the year is Santa Claus Express. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from December 1st through the 22rd, the train pulls away from the depot with two VIEs (Very Important Elves) aboard. Santa and Mrs. Claus entertain passengers throughout the four-hour rail journey, singing carols, passing out Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies and helping you create priceless photo memories.
December 1 - December 28
Holiday Show's at the Blazin' M - 5:00pm The Blazin' M Ranch will be decked from hall to chuckwagon this year, beginning November 29th running through December 28th, featuring a holiday show with the Blazin' M Cowboys that will get you right into the spirit of the season! Guests will enjoy the famous holiday cheer and western hospitality they've come to expect from the Blazin' M Ranch.
December 5 - December 29
Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds - it's a walking holiday light display! Join Parks and Recreation during the month of December to enjoy a fantastic walking holiday light display brought to you by Sterling Financial and APS, Sedona Parks and Recreation and local businesses, organizations and individuals. Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds will be located at Posse Grounds Park in the picnic ramada area.
Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour - Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour from 5 - 8pm.
All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and enjoy the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to all locations.A whirlwind of mesmerizing talent, intoxicating images and entertainment, the Sedona Gallery Association tour is one of Sedona's "things to see".
Sedona's Tree Lighting & Santa Visit - Sedona's Tree Lighting & Santa Visit kicks off the holiday season. Live entertainment, activities and refreshments will be available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the plaza on Canyon Breeze Plaza in Uptown with the 20' holiday tree. Come hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams. This free family event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona.
December 6 - December 8
Celebrate Sedona Art and Wine for Christmas at the Sedona Arts Center - First Friday, December 6, 2013, from 5pm to 8pm the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center will feature the current work of 4 artists. Michael and Sharon Upp from Earth & Fire Ceramic Design will show their collection of distinctive dinnerware. Wendy Bialek, master weaver, will display luxurious wall hangings. Her textile art enhances interior design. Stephen Moody, extraordinary photographer, brings to light the natural beauty of Sedona in large format prints. The evening will be celebrated with local wines courtesy of Yavapai Apache owned Fire Mountain Winery whose tasting room is located on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. Appetizers will complement the premium wines. Exhibit to remain until December 8, 2013.
Verde Canyon Railroads Raptors on the Rails - See 5-yr-old Sonora spread her majestic wings onboard the 4-hour train ride.By partnering with Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to see wild raptors at the depot and onboard the train.Liberty Wildlife shares the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors to the depot and on the train on select Saturdays throughout the year. Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride. Though Sonora will be feasting on raw chicken, passengers will be loading their plates with luscious wings and other tasty appetizers.
The Facts Keep Gettin' in the Way of the Story - 1:30 p.m. "The Facts Keep Gettin' in the Way of the Story" with Michael Peach is a tribute to the southwest's cowboy spirit. Entertaining and family-friendly, it features a mix of original cowboy poetry with jokes and historically-based stories of humor, heroism and hubris. Celebrate cowboys and ranching. Those who have heard it - say it is Mike's 'best show ever'! Every FIRST Saturday of every month at the Sedona Heritage Museum. $6, children under 12 free, Museum admission separate. 928-282-7038.
Michael Peach is an award winning actor and playwright.
Breakfast with Santa and Jingle Bell Run - 7:30 - 10:00 am. Free, Sedona Teen Center. Start the morning out right with a short run through Posse Grounds Park, decked with Jingle Bells at 7:30 a.m. Then head on in for a free pancake breakfast served by the YMCA, breakfast served from 8-9:30 a.m.. Enjoy crafts, games and face painting courtesy of Sedona Parks and Recreation, and end your morning with a visit from Santa himself! 928-282-7098 SedonaAZ.gov/Parks
The Nutcracker - On Saturday, December 7th the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company will present the timeless Christmas Classic The Nutcracker at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. This year's performance will include a special appearance by guest artist Rachel Cahalya-Winne, principle dance artist of the Louisville Ballet Company, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and will introduce Sedona Chamber Ballet Company's principal dance artist Adrienne Roberts as the Snow Queen and includes a host of gifted, local dancers and beautiful costumes. Performances are a 2:00 and 7:00 PM and ticket are available from www.sedonachamberballet.com, Basha's, Weber's IGA, and at the door.
Living History - 10:00 a.m. Living History: Sandy Moriarity will present: "The Verde Valley Wine Industry - History in the Making". Sedona area vintners have been making wine since the 1880s. Now there is a resurgence of vineyards and wineries. Join them the 2nd Wednesday of most months for a history-based program at the Sedona Heritage Museum.
WILD SPLENDOR – LIBERTY WILDLIFE PATIO PRESENTATIONS - Handlers, presenting a variety of raptors and native “critters”, will answer questions and pose for photos during depot patio presentation. Presentations are all open to the public and are from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.. By partnering with Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to see wild raptors at the depot and onboard the train.
Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque - 4 p.m. Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers and roasted chestnuts at the First Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque. Each day, the retailers will open their doors and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list.
Arts and Crafts Fair - Noon. Come shop for homemade goodies and crafts from local artists at the Second Annual West Sedona School PTA Arts and Craft Fair. Located at West Sedona School, Posse Grounds Road.
December 20 -December 22
Pilgrimage to Bethlehem - 3 p.m. Pilgrimage to Bethlehem is an experience not to be missed! Presented each year since 2004, by Potter's Hand Productions, this FREE Community Event is a Christmas treat for all the family.
Step back in time, and imagine walking through the ancient, crowded Bethlehem Market, 2000+ years ago. Feel the crowds jostling as they are summoned by the Roman census to pay their taxes. Speak with the Travelers and Pilgrims at the city well. Watch and listen to the Wisemen, and stand in awe as the Angel delivers the message to the Shepherds. Listen to the Vendors calling out their wares in the Bethlehem Market. Enjoy typical ancient foods and flowers, or make a clay pot to take home. At the end of the afternoon, come and enjoy the annual Christmas Concert and Living Nativity, featuring a community choir and live animals.
The annual Pilgrimage to Bethlehem will come alive at Tequa Marketplace in the Village of Oak Creek, 7000 State Route 179, Sedona 86351, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 20, 21 & 22, 2013. The interactive Ancient Bethlehem Market is open from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, and the Christmas Concert and Living Nativity begin at 5:00 pm. Free outdoor limited seating is available
Christmas Carol - 3 p.m. At the Sedona Heritage Museum. Sedona's own award-winning actor, playwright and historian, Michael Peach will read Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in front of a fire in the Museum's historic red rock fireplace. Enjoy Peach's rendition of this holiday classic. Not since Dickens himself took to the stage to perform his most famous story, has there been such a command of the characters as Peach presents.
Follow this engrossing tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's ghostly journeys through Christmases past, present, and future and his ultimate transformation from a harsh and grasping old miser to a charitable and compassionate human being. A perennial classic that has become as much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths. A perfect and entertaining reminder of the meaning of the holiday season. For all ages.
Bring a food item for the Sedona Food Bank for each admission. Refreshments.